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A consideration of the role of the guidance counsellor in relation to the decision-making process regarding subject choices for students in two single sex post primary schools

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posted on 2018-01-22, 14:36 authored by Gerard Murphy
The focus of this study is the decision-making process of 6th Year pupils regarding subject choices and the role of the Guidance Counsellor in relation to this. Having examined the relevant literature and other published material on key factors that influence students regarding their career decisions, the researcher noticed certain issues that impact on a student’s selection. The researcher carried a quantitative method of research by means of a self-completion questionnaire. The questionnaire was administrated to an all-boys and an all-girls school in the South East of Ireland. The main themes that emerged from the findings related to parental involvement, gender, the developmental stages of the participants and finally guidance provision. The conclusions suggest that parents play a very significant role in a student’s life when selecting subjects for Senior Cycle. The research also highlighted that the subjects offered in a school can impact on a student’s choice, and therefore effect possible career choices. Furthermore, the findings of the research study also identify the differences and experiences that students faced when deciding not to opt for the Transition Year Programme. Finally, several recommendations are made to inform future policy, practice and research.

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  • Master (Research)

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Galvin, James

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non-peer-reviewed

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English

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